BirkenEd’s Place is Reopen!
30th June 2023
We have missed you Birkenhead!
Following a successful four-month pilot, BirkenEd’s Place reopened for its second phase on Monday 12th June. Over the coming months, projects will be shared in the space, enabling people to share their ideas that will impact the long-term regeneration of the area.
The first project to be displayed in the space was an exhibition of work from students from the University of Liverpool. This launch exhibition showcased work from undergraduate students from the School of Architecture, and undergraduate and postgraduate students from the Department of Geography and Urban Planning at the University of Liverpool. The work on display focused on Birkenhead and involved students responding to different briefs based on the town. The exhibition aimed to support the conversation about the town’s future by including the perspectives of future generations of architects and urban planners and invited those who live, work and are shaping Birkenhead to feedback on students’ ideas. Visitors were very impressed by the students’ work – particularly their fantastic model of Birkenhead which inspired and captured imaginations.
We also delivered a workshop with Riverside College / Cronton Sixth Form College focusing on redesigning a local public square for Wirral Council using a budget. This included creating a proposal and then creating a model, which was then presented to the group to vote for the best design.
The final PLACED Academy session was also held in BirkenEd’s Place after its reopening. PLACED Academy is our a FREE to access, creative programme about design and the built environment for 14–18-year-olds. The workshop was a great opportunity for our current Academy cohort to see a great example of engagement within regeneration and masterplanning. We created shelters which could be easily transported and re-built!
A huge thank you to all the volunteers who’ve been with us the past few weeks, many of which are students from The University of Liverpool and some of our PLACED Ambassadors.
Our next engagement ‘Development and Supporting Communities’ is a social value piece that explores what change people want to see in Birkenhead that would make the greatest difference to the lives of those who live, work and spend time in the town. We are going to be having conversations about challenges and priorities, and how these can be addressed so that we better understand what change people want and need.